The Aging Workforce

I have placed more than 100 attorneys with in-house legal departments in my recruiting career, but here is a revealing statistic--only four have been older than 50. This low number is based on the dynamics of my particular business. I mainly fill staff attorney through associate general counsel positions, while larger "executive" search firms tend to get the chief legal officer assignments.

Still, hundreds of overqualified in-house attorneys over 50 would kill for some of the "junior" roles that we are filling. I put the word junior in quotes, because many of our engagements seek experience in the eight to fifteen years range. Corporations are hiring the 30- to 45-year-old associates and income partners, or mid-level staff from other corporate legal departments. That's the sweet spot.


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Mike Evers

Mike Evers recruits attorneys for corporate legal departments throughout the United States. Please visit His...

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